The Hamburg Games Conference will return on March 1 and 2, 2023 as an on-site event in a new location in Hamburg. The conference theme “Invest in Games” will shed light on current and future developments in the international games industry: Where are still untapped potentials in the games markets? What challenges do studios face in acquiring funding and partners for their projects? Will the wave of billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions in the international games industry continue? The last edition of the conference, 2022’s Hamburg Games Conference Hybrid welcomed more than 600 participants online and in Hamburg. Tickets are available now, starting with discounted early bird tickets at last year’s rate until January 12, 2023: https://HGC2023.eventbrite.co.uk. The Call for Speakers for HGC 2023 runs until January 20, 2023: https://www.gamesconference.com/call-for-papers
The Hamburg Games Conference 2023 will feature two parallel conference tracks on each of the two days: In the main track, the conference theme “Invest in Games” will be explored from the perspective of game studios and investors. The second track will on one hand highlight the topic of “Funding” – numerous speakers will share their experiences and best practices for working with investors or public funding to finance and market digital games. On the other hand, talks and keynotes on developer and start-up topics will provide a comprehensive insight into the opportunities and challenges in the growing games market. Additionally, exhibitors from various areas of the games industry will present their (indie) games and services in an expo area.
“Our conference theme ‘Invest in Games’ has many facets – with the Hamburg Games Conference 2023 we are creating a platform to share knowledge and first-hand experiences. Both in terms of the big picture and very hands-on best practices for the multitude of companies and start-ups that are active in the games industry in Hamburg and around the world,” says Dennis Schoubye, Head of Gamecity Hamburg, the location initiative which is a co-organizer of the Hamburg Games Conference.
First program highlights to be announced soon – further contributions sought via Call for Speakers
The conference’s organizing team, consisting of Super Crowd Entertainment, Gamecity Hamburg and GRAEF Rechtsanwälte, will soon announce first highlight speakers from the international games industry.
Concurrently, the Hamburg Games Conference is calling for submissions of proposals for conference contributions in English. The call for speakers runs until January 20, 2023. Submissions on the topics of “Invest in Games”, funding, and game development as well as marketing are now open at https://www.gamesconference.com/call-for-papers.
Strengthening networking and exchange with an on-site-only event
After two conference editions with digital and hybrid event concepts, the program of the 14th Hamburg Games Conference in 2023 will again be held completely on-site and for the first time at the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg.
“The numerous successful deals in the games industry in the recent past show that it is very attractive to invest in games and games companies. To this end, we would like to present examples and best practices in an on-site-only event. The Hamburg Games Conference stands for innovative content, high-quality networking, and inspiring exchange”, explains Dr. Ralph Oliver Graef, Managing Partner of the co-organizing law firm GRAEF Rechtsanwälte.
Early bird tickets available now
Tickets are available for the Hamburg Games Conference 2023 now, starting with a discounted early bird phase until January 12, 2023:
Business tickets for 199 euros give access to the two-day conference program as well as the opportunity to arrange meetings with other conference guests and make valuable new contacts via the MeetToMatch digital matchmaking system.
Startup tickets are also available exclusively for small enterprises and startup companies. They allow participation in the entire conference program as well as use of MeetToMatch at the discounted price of 99 euros.
Students can participate in the conference program for 25 euros.
All current information on the Hamburg Games Conference is available at www.gamesconference.com.
Game Changers and Guild X broke records in Berlin
Guild Esports, a global esports team organisation, took sixth place overall with team Guild X in the inaugural VALORANT Game Changers Championship, held in Berlin (15-20 November).
Following a year of intense regional competition, the world’s most elite Game Changers squads went head-to-head in person, for the first time ever, to crown a global champion in Germany. Bringing together the best teams from North America, Brazil, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and East Asia, G2 Esports won the Grand Final to lift the coveted championship trophy.
Supporting women in gaming is a key part of Guild’s strategy within the sporting community, aligning with the aims of Game Changers to create new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalised genders within VALORANT esports.
The tournament in Berlin, with over 150,000 viewers* tuning in, demonstrates how women in gaming and teams such as Guild X are not just changing the game but also breaking records. According to Esports Charts, Game Changers has become the most-watched tournament for women’s esports.
On Sunday, Guild also hosted a watch party at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in Shoreditch with talent Elz the Witch, Iain Chambers plus other influencers such as Megsoundslikeegg and Geo Collins in attendance. Even though Guild X was not in the Grand Final, Guild, along with its supporting partners Sky and Subway, wanted to offer a safe space for VALORANT fans to watch the finale, especially women and marginalised gender fans.
Jasmine Skee, Chief Marketing Officer at Guild Esports, said: “Our vision at Guild is to lead the way in supporting the future of women in gaming, and we are committed to equal opportunities for our Guild X players. The Game Changers Championship in Berlin was a hugely successful event and we are extremely proud as an organisation to have been a part of it. Congratulations to all at G2 Esports on their victory in such a milestone event for the esports industry. With the announcement of the new Game Changers format, we’re excited to watch our Guild X team, and the wider women esports industry, grow.”
Guild X has been confirmed this week as automatic top-tier qualifiers for the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA 2023 competition, with relegation rules now being in place as part of the new format changes announced. The Game Changers tournament will continue to break down stereotypes, elevate women and allow them to further their careers in a dedicated safe space, and provide a platform for professional growth both in and outside of the game – all actions that are completely aligned with Guild’s strategy moving into 2023 and beyond.
CT Interactive in strategic deal with Kajot
CT Interactive, a global gaming content provider, has concluded a strategic deal with Kajot. Through this partnership, CT Interactive will be able to broaden the reach of its products in Slovakia and the Czech Republic while further diversifying the content of the slots available on the platform, Kajot works with.
Kajot is a renowned Czech gaming operator with an extensive portfolio of games.
“We are proud to announce that we will work with an operator who has 26 years of experience in the gaming industry”, said Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive. She added, “This action demonstrates our company’s intention to keep growing its market share in Europe”.
Once the integration process is completed, the first market that the company will enter with Kajot is Slovakia, and later, it will expand to the Czech Republic.
“We are pleased to conclude a deal with CT Interactive. We are certain that our customers will appreciate the inclusion of their content on our platform”, commented André Kruf, sales director at Kajot group of companies.
ZEAL brings on Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch as VP Marketing
Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch joined the ZEAL team in October as Vice President Marketing. In his position, he reports directly to COO Sönke Martens. In addition to the strategic development of marketing at ZEAL, his responsibilities also include the ongoing optimization of new customer acquisition and customer relationship management.
Before joining ZEAL, the marketing expert was Head of Campaigns at the online marketplace OTTO and worked for five years at the digital creative agency elbdudler, most recently as Managing Partner.
“I am very much looking forward to my new tasks at ZEAL, because what could be better as a marketer than making people dream and turning dreams into reality – not least, we have already paid out more than €200 million this year to our big winners alone,” says Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch. “ZEAL has made an impressive development with the portals LOTTO24 and Tipp24. Together with the great team, we will continue to write this success story and consistently pave the way for further growth in marketing.”
“Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch is a renowned marketing manager with deep expertise in brand management and e-commerce,” says Sönke Martens, COO of ZEAL. “Today, more than ever, a professional marketing strategy is crucial for companies to succeed. We are pleased to have a true professional on board with Rodja, who with his experience and passion for good marketing will be an important driver for further growth at ZEAL.”
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